UPDATE 4:24 P.M.: — Health officials confirm that 80 people have been infected with shigella in the South Bay. Twelve of those cases required intensive care.
Investigators are looking into what caused the contamination and suspect the disease might have spread through an ill food handler at the Mariscos San Juan restaurant on Friday or Saturday in San Jose, according to public health officials.
The high number of infected individuals as a result of the outbreak eclipses the average number of shigella cases reported in Santa Clara County each year. Since 2010-2014, Santa Clara County has averaged about 57 cases of shigella per year.
UPDATE 3:32 P.M.: Symptoms of shigellosis develop one to two days after exposure and last for about five to seven days, according to public health officials.
Most people who suffer from Shigella make a full recovery but it can take months before their bowel habits return to normal, public health officials said. The disease is spread when people eat or drink something that came to contact with the stool of a person with Shigella, public health officials said.
Investigators are looking into what caused the contamination and suspect the disease might have spread through an ill food handler, according to public health officials.
“We urge anyone who is ill to seek medical care and to take steps to not spread the infection further. Meticulous hand washing by those who are sick is critical,” county health officer and public health director Dr. Sara Cody said in a statement.
“Our thoughts are with those who are sick as we work to prevent any further illnesses,” she said.
UPDATE 8:43 AM – Over 40 individuals have become ill after eating at Mariscos San Juan restaurant on Friday or Saturday in San Jose.
The individuals are reporting a fever, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, according to the Santa Clara County Public Health Department.
So far, 12 people were hospitalized and at least 15 of the reported cases are confirmed to be Shigella.
The health department is currently investigating the Mexican seafood restaurant to find the source of the Shigella outbreak, but it is suspected that is that the disease was spread by an infected food handler.
SAN JOSE (KRON) — A San Jose restaurant has closed after a major health risk was discovered Monday.
Officials have linked two dozen cases of Shigella to a restaurant in San Jose. They said everyone diagnosed with the infection ate at Mariscos San Juan restaurant last Friday and Saturday.
Nearly all reported cases required hospital admission and 11 people are in intensive care. The infection typically causes diarrhea, abdominal pain, and fever.
Shigella can be spread by eating food prepared by an infected food handler, or by direct person-to-person contact.
The restaurant has been closed by the Department of Health.
An investigation is underway.